Music

REVIEW – The Three Phantoms, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

*****

With productions of Cabaret and The Lion King both competing for Edinburgh audiences’ attention tonight, Three Phantoms‘ enjoyable and light-hearted journey through some of the West End’s greatest musical hits must be cursing its timing a little. However, there are certainly no such issues with the performance itself. Matthew Cammelle, Stephen John Davis and Glyn […]

REVIEW – Ladybird EP by Jack Rowberry

*****

Local singer songrwriter Jack Rowberry‘s debut release Ladybird is a perfect introduction to this talented musician’s brand of blues-tinged rock. The EP features two new full studio tracks and a pair of live recordings. House of Cards gets things off to a swaggering, loose-hipped start with a confident rhythm section underlining Jack’s fine guitar-picking and […]

REVIEW – In The Dark EP by Holly Drummond

*****

In The Dark is the second EP release from talented young Edinburgh-born singer songwriter Holly Drummond. The five new songs (plus one remix) on offer here demonstrate an artist who is not only growing in terms of musical ability, but also in maturity. The lead track These Four Walls is a shimmering and accomplished opener, […]

REVIEW – Living The Dream, The Rah’s

*****

A young and talented four-piece from Prestonpans, The Rah’s have created quite a buzz in their short existence to date. Taking cues from contemporary and classic guitar-based bands, they have nevertheless created their own anthemic indie sound, which has won them many fans. Living The Dream is the lead track from their second EP and […]

REVIEW – Throes by The 10:04s

*****

Although past releases have proven them capable of ramming the foot down on the pop-punk floor and speeding off into the sunset, Edinburgh band The 10:04s take a different direction entirely with new single Throes. Understated and delicate — even romantic — the track fuses shimmering pulses of guitar and skipping rhythmical heartbeats into a […]

PREVIEW – Quilapayún, Picture House, 19 April

Anyone with more than a passing interest in Latin American music will be familiar with Quilapayún. Formed in Chile in 1965, the release of their 30th album Absolutamente Quilapayún in January 2013 marked 48 years of unbroken musical activity. The band — which still contains three of its original members — perform vibrant music on […]

EVENT – The Big Edinburgh Beach Busk, 25th August 2012

Returning for its third year, the Big Beaach Busk is taking place on Portobello Promenade on Saturday 25th August from 12 noon. Everyone is welcome. You don’t need to register or sign up, just head down to Portobello. Stroll along the prom until you find a spot you like then set up and play your […]

REVIEW – Going Nowhere, The Nature Boys

*****

Gatecrashing their way back into the Edinburgh scene, here come everyone’s favourite capital punksters, The Nature Boys. In the past, the band have never quite managed to nail the shambolic chaos of their legendary live gigs on record. Here, for perhaps the first time, they prove they are capable of just as much filth and […]

REVIEW – Lights Out by The 10:04s

*****

One of Edinburgh’s brightest and most promising bands, The 10:04s are back with their second single release Lights Out. An atmospheric and dark brooder of a track, it flits in and out of the shadows of the likes of Editors and Joy Division, yet has enough distinction and angular energy to sound original. Guitar riffs […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Camille O’Sullivan: Changeling, Assembly Rooms

*****

If Camille O’Sullivan is the Queen of the Fringe, then her short run at the Assembly Rooms this year feels like a State Visit. Performers who can fill the newly-refurbished Music Hall are few and far between. Camille manages this not only with the sell-out crowd for tonight’s opening of her run, but also with […]